Meretz leaves TA City Council, protests police 'violence'

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June 26, 2012 15:20
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Deputy Mayor Meital Lehavi and the rest of the three-member Meretz faction pulled out of the Tel Aviv City Council on Tuesday in a protest against police violence against protesters last Saturday night and the leadership of Mayor Ron Huldai.

In a letter sent to Huldai on Tuesday, Lahavi said that Huldai "has become a leader of the policy of oppressing and sabotaging the social protest in collaboration with the police which is being deployed for political reasons" "Last weekend Ron Huldai crossed a red line and switched from being the representative of the residents of the city, to serving the leadership whcih is trying to put down the protest." Lahavi added that she sees the social justice protest as the best chance for bringing a change in Israeli society and "real solidarity in Israel and Tel Aviv".

On Monday night, a group of around 100 protesters disrupted a meeting of the Tel Aviv City Council which was cancelled due to the rowdy behavior of the activists, who shouted down speakers and called on Meretz and Lahavi to leave the coalition.

After the meeting was adjourned, Lahavi was swarmed by dozens of protesters as she left the building, who followed her down to her car shouting at her to leave the coalition, with at least one trying to throw water at her.

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